Steel is one of the strongest metals in the world; it’s iron mined from the earth and fortified under heat. Alloy steel is created when other elements are intentionally added to modify the characteristics of steel. The same is true with the combination of Bo Steele and Ben Rubino, and the creation and characteristics of The Band Steele.
A musical formation as spirit and nature intended, The Band Steele is defined by strong vocals and instinctive musicianship—a fiery combination forged by a genuine brotherhood and a loyal and trusted friendship that makes the pairing stronger and “better together”.
Growing up in the country where hunting, fishing, partying in the woods and “Swimmin’ In The Sipsey” were the pastimes, it’s the southern culture and natural born “way of life” that unified the two high school friends from small town Alabama.
Just a year ahead, Bo (who is a self-proclaimed “book worm”) captured the attention of his skateboarding counterpart (Ben) at a high school talent show. With a uniquely bold voice, often compared to award-winning performers Eddie Vedder, Scott Stapp (Creed) and Darius Rucker, Bo Steele is fueled by untamed emotion, energy and passion. Like so many others, Ben was floored by Steele’s pipes; he invited the powerhouse vocalist to join his band and the bond was formed.
“When I first heard Bo sing, his vocals just hit me in the face; he still blows me away every time he opens his mouth to sing.”
Bo brings a rock influence to The Band Steele’s otherwise country sound while Ben infuses an easy-does-it charmed balance to the live performances lending subtle harmonies and signature phrasing to the duo’s compositions and production.
Early on, the two teenagers supported the undertaking with rather unconventional odd jobs. Bo held more than 10 different jobs—most he’d like to forget—including spraying insulation in chicken houses, working at a moving company and building sidewalls for a mobile home manufacturer where Ben joined him as a coworker at the latter two.
Along the journey, “life happened” stalling their momentum and testing their drive for the dream. Bo became a young father, and Ben, redirecting his focus, formed Plan B and headed toward the Air Force recruiting offices. But, fate had other career plans for them both.
Plans changed entirely when they got “the call.” Bo’s performance of “Victory In Jesus” was captured on film in an impromptu a cappella performance in a hospital waiting room; the performance went viral on YouTube (and nears three million views to date). Bo Steele quickly became an Internet phenom capturing new fans by the millions and the attention of the New York City-based Fire River Records. Following a jet-set trip from NYC to Alabama for a live performance preview, the label signed The Band Steele to a multi-album record deal nearly on the spot (Sept. 2014).
“Ben’s vision, focus and motivation kept me going and dedication got us to this place. We are both so grateful to be here...together.”
The pair’s momentum has been explosive since aligning with its label (Fire River Records-NY). In just a few short years, The Band Steele released its debut album, MOON IN A MASON JAR (2017), four singles to country radio [“Tan Lines” • “195” • “Sit Awhile” (Top 40/MusicRow) • “Waitin’ On Sunshine”], one single to Christian radio (“Victory In Jesus”) and filmed five music videos. The Band Steele celebrated its first Top 30 at Country Radio with “Waitin’ On Sunshine” (MusicRow Country Breakout Chart) in March 2020. While the “195”
music video premiered on “Country Fix” (Heartland TV/Aug. 2018) and “Taste Of Country” digitally debuted the video where it peaked as a “Top 3 Fan Favorite.” Country Rebel has supported The Band Steele to showcase multiple music video performances (including “Victory In Jesus,” “The Lineman,” “God Bless The USA” and their rendition of “Strawberry Wine”) stacking combined views upward of 7 Million.
Their swift success captured the attention of media; the duo received the extended invitation to appear on “The Ty Bentli Show” and “TODAY In Nashville” (NBC-Nashvillle) among other local ABC, NBC and CBS TV affiliates, and on the nationally syndicated show, “Small Town Big Deal” (the September 2019 episode spotlights their acoustic performance of “Sit Awhile.”)
The pair was invited to perform with the globally-recognized television show "Orange County Choppers (American Choppers)” both at their venue/showroom and at their booth at The New York International Auto Show. The Band Steele has provided direct support to various multi-platinum selling recording artists, including Maren Morris and Andy Grammer, and a Band Steele original tune, “Good Times,” is featured in the Lionsgate film "Life On The Line” (John Travolta/Sharon Stone). Bo makes a cameo appearance performing the song. The duo was also recognized as "Favorite New Group Or Duo" by South Florida Country Music (2019).
The “must-see” arena act released its third single “Sit Awhile” to country radio in August 2018 recorded as a dedication to our military. The tune has enjoyed exponential engagement from millions worldwide by both country music enthusiasts and military supporters. The track peaked at #36 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart (March 2019). The corresponding “Sit Awhile” music video, filmed as a patriotic tribute to our men and women of military service and their families, premiered on CMT.com and has enjoyed more than 1,000,000 YouTube views to date. In recognition of the overwhelming response from members of the military, The Band Steele 2019 Military Tour, has included performances at hospitals, veteran’s homes and military bases across the country, including Marine Corps Base Quantico, Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Fort Hood, Naval Station Norfolk, Tyndall Air Force Base and USO Georgia among others, and at the 2019 Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward ® 5K events, delivered by CSX.
The what-you-see is what-you-get, no-nonsense country duo doesn't believe in music genre barriers and their music is 100% proof. They write about summer love, love loss, recognize fallen comrades, unsung heroes and share good-hearted spirit in rockin' and rowdy, good-timin' tunes that move the listeners to tears or raise a bottle of beer. From behind chicken wire or before a wide-open field of thousands. The Band Steele is a modern, ferocious force to be reckoned with... hopeful to etch its name as a long-time iconic symbol of the South.
A sophomore album, produced by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Matt McClure (Lee Brice, Lindsay Ell, Dylan Scott), is in the works. As an early introduction and a sneak peek to the new music, The Band Steele released the original tune “Copper Coil;” the track is currently available via all digital retail outlets and streaming platforms.